Category Archives: Platform Cooperativism

Forget Tech Startups. This Accelerator Wants to Scale Co-ops.

Cooperatives are gaining renewed interest as an antidote to our winner-take-all society. But while tech startups have a rich ecosystem to tap into, from accelerators to seed funding to get-big-fast playbooks, new cooperatives are usually left to figure things out on their own. That, says serial coop entrepreneur Greg Brodsky, helps explain why most co-ops […]

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More Entrepreneurs Want to Share the Wealth With Employees—But Financing is Tricky

Interest is growing in business models that share ownership more broadly, such as worker-owned coops and Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). When ownership is concentrated in the hands of a few, little trickles down to workers—one reason wages have stagnated and the wealth gap has widened. Employees that have a stake in a company are also […]

The Worker-Owned Sharing Economy Aims to Disrupt the Disruptors

Tech-based startups are drawing on cloud computing, algorithms and mobile phones to create a new on-demand service economy, conjuring help with the press of a button.  There’s Uber for transportation, Handy for home cleaning, and Task Rabbit for everything from running errands to assembling furniture.  In the process, they are changing the nature of work […]